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Dalla Costa: Lots on line in London

Come for the golf, everything else is just a bonus. While that isn’t the selling point for the Freedom 55 Financial Championship taking place Sept. 15-18 at Highland Country Club in London, it should be. The tournament will be held for the third year in succession in London. Every year the centrepiece has been exceptional golf. That’s what a championship is supposed to be all about. It’s been down-to-the-last-putt type of golf. The season-ending event on the Mackenzie Tour is more than just who wins, although the big-money purse is a huge incentive to many golfers that go week-to-week to earn a paycheque. Part of the attraction is the game within a game. Only the top 60 golfers play in the championship tournament. The Mackenzie Tour heads to Niagara for the penultimate tournament this weekend. Things can still change but Dan McCarthy, Taylor Moore and Brock Mackenzie look comfortable in the top three spots. But with $200,000 in prize money available in the final tournament, a win by any one of nine players and they can make the jump into the top five. This is the 12th event on the Mackenzie Tour and the battle is to finish the Order of Merit in the top five, who are assured of a spot on the Web.com Tour, one step away from the PGA. Players finishing six through 10 earn an exemption into Web.com Tour qualifying. Whether they are leading in the tournament or not, there’s reason for the golfers to continue to compete. Since 2013, when the tournament was first held in London at Sunningdale Golf Club, 10 players who... read more

Stars align for NHLer’s charity

A newly minted National Hockey League free agent is giving back to the community while spending his summer back home in London. Former London Knight Brandon Prust, 32, is having a busy offseason training and fundraising. On Monday he returned to Redtail Golf Course near Port Stanley for his third-annual Prusty4Kids charity tournament. The NHL stars aligned for the day to support Prust and his self-titled foundation geared toward improving kids’ lives. Prust started the foundation in 2014 with London entrepreneur Dave Moore. The Knights were well represented with Mitch Marner, Corey Perry and Danny Syvret on the course, along with other London-area NHLers Drew Doughty, Ryan O’Reilly and Nazem Kadri. “It’s awesome (to see these guys here), we do a lot of things for each other, once teammates you’re teammates for life,” Prust said. “You make a lot of friends along the way in this game, that’s just how hockey players are.” Although the mood was fun, his former teammates and friends all knew they were there for a more serious purpose. “We’ve all been very fortunate to have the relationships and people in our life that allow us to do what we love to do most, and that’s play hockey,” said O’Reilly, the 2014 Lady Byng award winner for exhibiting sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. “There are so many unfortunate kids and families that sometimes can’t afford things, so anytime we can give back . . . that’s what it’s all about.” Prust’s fiancee, Montreal TV host Maripier Morin, was at the event. The couple appear along with other NHL players and their wives on the Hockey Wives reality TV... read more